3 Reasons Why the Dallas Cowboys Will Win the NFC East in 2019

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 14:  Ezekiel Elliott #21 and Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrate the fourth quarter touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at AT&T Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After flying largely under the radar for much of last season, the Dallas Cowboys finished on top of the NFC East to claim the 2018 division title. And once again, it feels like the Cowboys have remained relatively quiet during the offseason. With that being said, here's a look at three reasons why the Cowboys will repeat as champions of the NFC East in 2019.

1. Ezekiel Elliott and the Run Game

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball against Mark Barron #26 of the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Divisional Round - Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Last season, Ezekiel Elliott finished as the NFL's Rushing champion, with 1,434 yards on the ground alone. With the return of Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick, Zeke is in the position to be the league's top rusher yet again. While the NFL has become more of a pass-happy league, establishing a solid rushing attack is still what opens up many of these downfield shots later in the game. With Zeke and the offensive line operating at full force, the Cowboys offense should wear defenses down and attack them in a variety of ways. Especially with new offensive coordinator and former Cowboys' backup quarterback, Kellen Moore, now in charge.

2. They Already Did It Last Season

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 23: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter of a football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Dallas Cowboys | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

This may be the most obvious reason. In a 2018 season that didn't lead the Cowboys to a great start, they still finished with a 10-6 regular-season record to win the division. Dallas' biggest loss was wide receiver Cole Beasley this offseason, and the Cowboys may have arguably upgraded to Randall Cobb as his replacement. The prosperity of their offense after acquiring Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders via trade last season, combined with their offseason success likely makes the Cowboys a legitimate threat to improve on their 10-win season from just a year ago.

3. Sneaky-Good Defense

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25:  Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence #90 of the Dallas Cowboys in action against the Seattle Seahawks during the preseason game at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys v Seattle Seahawks | Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

While there aren't many superstars on this defense, Rod Marinelli coaches up a really solid group. The Cowboys finished in the top-10 in both fewest points and yards allowed last season, ranking No. 6 and 7 respectively. They re-signed their top pass-rusher in Demarcus Lawrence, then traded for another talent on the defensive line in Robert Quinn. The young linebacker duo of Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith fly to the ball and can wreck havoc near the line of scrimmage. Watch out for this unit this season, because the defense in Dallas is no longer a pushover.

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